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Gino Sarfatti

Italian, 1912-1985

That a spiky, futuristic chandelier named “Sputnik,” which was highly suggestive of the Soviet satellite of the same name, designed by an Italian engineer could predate the space age and the satellite’s launch by a few decades is the stuff of legend. But in 1939, Venetian-born Gino Sarfatti channeled his obsession with light and expert engineering skills into a design so bold it predicted the future. He would go on to design around 700 lighting products in his lifetime — each table lamp, wall light, pendant and chandelier superb and unorthodox in shape.

Sarfatti’s singular focus on creating opulent lighting designs that were rational in their use of resources makes him one of the most innovative lighting designers in history. He was studying to be an aeronautical engineer at the University of Genoa when his family’s financial troubles led him to drop out and move to Milan to help. During this time, he built a lamp for a friend using a coffee machine’s electric components and a glass vase. This exercise sparked his fascination with lighting, and he went on to found Arteluce in 1939. What followed was a period of working with skilled artisans and tinkering with materials instead of sketching. The self-taught designer soon established himself as a creator of provocative, sculptural luxury lighting. Through the company, he collaborated with some of the 20th century’s most influential designers, such as Vittoriano Viganò, who worked on Arteluce lighting between 1946 and 1960. In the 1950s and ’70s, Franco Albini, Franca Helg, Ico Parisi and Massimo Vignelli all contributed designs.

Sarfatti used resources mindfully and injected functionality into everything he designed. His light fixtures were lightweight, easy to take apart and reassemble and could be affordably repaired. This marriage of utilitarianism and glamour lent Sarfatti’s designs a clean, minimal yet arresting splendor, based on their graphical forms and construction.

After World War II, Sarfatti embraced new wiring technologies and materials like plexiglass, such as his 1972 project with Carlo Mollino that filled the Teatro Regio in Turin with hundreds of plexiglass pipes. In 1973, Sarfatti sold Arteluce to FLOS. His foresight, invention and fearlessness as a designer are revered to this day.

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Sputnik Chandelier
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small chandelier in lacquered sheet metal, Italy circa 1950/1960
By Gino Sarfatti
Located in Mouscron, WHT
small chandelier in lacquered sheet metal, Italy circa 1950/1960 some paint missing
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Gino Sarfatti Lamp Model 2065 White Diffuser by Astep
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Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gino Sarfatti

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Gino Sarfatti, Set of 2 Table Lamps mod. 600/C, Arteluce Italy, 1966
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Firenze, IT
Set of2 black table lamps mod. 600/C designed by master Gino Sarfatti, manufactured by his own Arteluce. Designed in 1966, produced 1960 - 1969 Lacquered aluminium. The leather base is filled with small lead balls...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Gino Sarfatti

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Lampada a braccio disegnata da Gino Sarfatti per Arteluce nel 1972, pezzo unico.
By Gino Sarfatti
Located in Milano, IT
Splendida lampada da parete disegnata da Gino Sarfatti per Arteluce nel 1972. Questa lampada è stata disegnata e prodotta ad hoc per una villa privat...
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Gino Sarfatti Lamp Model 548 Polished Brass with Blue Difuser by Astep
By Gino Sarfatti, Astep
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Model 548 Design by Gino Sarfatti The table lamp designed in 1951 is a study in balance and light reflection through a screen, a recurring theme in Gino Sarfatti’s work. Model 548 ...
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Gino Sarfatti Lamp Model 2109/16/14 Champagne Structure by Astep
By Gino Sarfatti, Astep
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Model 2109 Design by Gino Sarfatti The Le Sfere Chandelier is composed of a circular array of blown opaline glass spheres. Each sphere is held in place by a large Black or Champagn...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gino Sarfatti

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Gino Sarfatti Lamp Model 548 Polished Brass with Grey Difuser by Astep
By Astep, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Model 548 Design by Gino Sarfatti The table lamp designed in 1951 is a study in balance and light reflection through a screen, a recurring theme in Gino Sarfatti’s work. Model 548 ...
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Gino Sarfatti Lamp Model 2109/16/20 Champagne Structure
By Astep, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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It is fitting that Gino Sarfatti (1912–85) had his sights set on the skies for his ornate and influential Sputnik chandelier. The Venice-born designer and industrialist had been pursuing an aeronautics degree at the University of Genoa when his father encountered financial troubles and relocated the family to Milan, where Sarfatti inadvertently created his first lighting fixture. After he built a lamp for a friend using a glass vase and a coffee machine’s electrical components, Sarfatti soon...
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Gino Sarfatti furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gino Sarfatti furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 335 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 165 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Gino Sarfatti were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Joe Colombo, Carlo Nason, and Arteluce. Prices for Gino Sarfatti furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $321 and can go as high as $187,046, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,870.

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